I don’t wear out clothes or shoes. They get old or shabby. Some shrink to an unwearable size. They may be so dirty that I’m embarrassed to wear them but I never wear holes in them. If I want “distressed” jeans I have to buy them that way. My old jeans get thinner and shorter. No holes. Same with shoes.
Last week my big toe hurt. It felt like a blister so I checked it. There was a hole in my sock. Not on the top (where a nail can poke through) but on the bottom under my big toe. Usually I wear the heel area thin. I never get heavy wearing under my toe.
This week that same toe hurt again but this time it was worse. I had worn through the insole of my relatively new sneaker creating a divot that looked like a volcano crater. It was under this same bionic big toe. This pair is about six months old. I purchased them last summer after the stores opened up but they had the goofy one-way arrows on the floor. I rarely wear them preferring my Merrells or Rykas for heavy duty walking. (Full disclosure I did poke a hole at the top of the big toe in my favorite Rykas but they are two years old.)
The top part still looks new. No food spilled or cat barf on them. The insole was a memory cushion style guaranteed to be comfy (but not guaranteed to last). If I wear them out that fast imagine how another person would fare. I had to pry the insole out as it was cemented with gorilla glue. I will replace the insoles and hope that works at least until there is a food stain on them.
I can blame it on the pandemic (that’s the current way to get out of shoddy work and poor customer service). I’m convinced I have a secret night life that takes my sneakers and socks out for a spin. Sure hope they had a good time.
People fatigue me. Especially frustrating ones. Or excessive exposure. The definition of that varies with the individual but doesn’t exceed 90 minutes. Ever! During this past year I have found myself enjoying casual exchanges with people I don’t know. I must be a quart low in the people department which hardly ever happens.
There is an unusual guy who comes in Starbucks the same time I do most days. I rarely talk to anyone (pre-coffee) except to greet the baristas (hoping that will make me a favorite and get me better service). I first noticed him because he had a mask with a gorilla mouth on it. I had to comment on that. When he is not texting, he is funny. (It’s hard for anyone to be funny pre-coffee so he gets extra credits for that.) I find myself happy when I see his car because there might be something upbeat going on conversation-wise in the store. Today I saw him. No gorilla mask. Worse than that, it was a plain white tee-shirt material mask. His gorilla mask was in the wash so he was wearing his tidy whitey version. That made me laugh. Yes it really did look like repurposed underwear.
Blame it on the pandemic – I’m so tired of people blaming it for their incompetence. We are in the midst of several house projects. Most are in a holding pattern waiting for someone to get to us with important information. Covid-19 doesn’t excuse you from following through on what you said. If you said you’ll get right back, I expect that to be within the half hour. Anything else should be prefaced with a factual time frame we can expect to hear. (The twelfth of never is not a good response!)
Many calls are not returned. Not everyone is guilty but the majority are. Some successes – we were able to replace a fireplace in a timely manner (two weeks) and get a gorgeous tree planted in the back yard (under two weeks).
Phrases I don’t want to hear ever again – “We are slammed!” “No one wants to work!” (That is so not true!), “I can’t get the supplies” (this one I’d like to hear before I commit to something). Just be honest please. If your work queue is filled for the year, tell us and we’ll make a decision.
We did get a response from a guy the beloved husband called last week. He had to be called again and he apologized for not getting back but his wife had a baby. That is an acceptable excuse but most of what I hear is bull poopy! You may as well say that your dog ate your homework. It never worked for me so it sure won’t work for you.